Navajo Nation reports 18 additional COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

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Registered nurse Peggy Hampton fills syringes with doses of the Moderna vaccine at Yuma Regional Medical Center as YRMC personnel began receiving the second dose of the vaccine, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported 18 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and four more deaths.

The pandemic totals on the tribe’s reservation that includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah increased to 30,164 cases and 1,257 deaths.

Tribal President Jonathan Nez encouraged people to celebrate the Easter weekend safely while following COVID-19 protocols. Nez said those including staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, avoiding large in-person gatherings, and washing hands often.

VACCINES: More than 104.2 million people, or 31.4% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some 59.8 million people, or 18% of the population, have completed their vaccination.

CASES: The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. increased over the past two weeks from 54,471 on March 19 to 64,616 on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

DEATHS: The seven-day rolling average for daily new deaths in the U.S. decreased over the past two weeks decreased from 1,160 on March 19 to 847 on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.